Individual Author Record
Name: John William JakesPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Born: Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBorn in Chicago in 1932, John Jakes began writing professionally during his freshman year at Northwestern University, where he was studying acting. He decided to trade the stage for the typewriter when, at age 18, he sold his first story for $25.
Biographical and Professional InformationAfter completing school, Jakes spent his days writing copy for a large pharmaceutical corporation, then several advertising agencies, including Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, one of the world's largest. At night he wrote and published short stories--eventually 200 of them, along with some 60 books in genres such as mystery, western, and science fiction.
*''The Texans Ride North'', Winston, 1952*''The Best of John Jakes'', Dawn Books, 1977*''North and South'', Harcourt, 1982*''Love and War'', Harcourt, 1984*''Heaven and Hell'', Harcourt, 1988*''Homeland'', Doubleday, 1993*''American Dreams'', Dutton, 1998*''The Bold Frontier'', Signet, 2001*''Crime Time, Mystery & Suspense Stories'', Dutton, 2002*''Charleston, Dutton, 2002*''Savannah: or, A Gift for Mr. Lincoln, Dutton, 2004*''The Gods of Newport: A Novel, Dutton, 2006